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What to Wear to a Summer Wedding: Dressing the Part

Finding A Dress for Every Type of Wedding
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In the thick of wedding season, and with a few special events on the books, I recently found myself at a loss for a go-to source for what to wear to all of these upcoming occasions.  And as someone who loves a good excuse to dress up, anything short of extraordinary would never do.  With visions of flowy gowns, fluted hems and beaded detailing, I swear I think the wardrobe gods must have heard me when wondering what to wear to a summer wedding.  My prayers were answered as the BHLDN team reached out about their new collection, giving me beautiful inspiration for my social calendar. 

As you may know, since its launch in 2011, BHLDN has offered more than bridal gowns; the brand has an assortment of dresses perfect for bridesmaids, wedding guests and special occasions. And just last spring, the brand expanded their wedding guest and event collection even further, which now includes top names such as Jenny Yoo, Needle & Threat, Nicole Miller and Watters, as well as a a few pieces that are entirely BHLDN-exclusive. 

So with an upcoming beach wedding in mind, I scheduled a private appointment at our Atlanta boutique, where I received a full 60-minutes with a dedicated stylist that helped me with sizing advice and recommendations on styles and accessories.  You don’t typically need to make an appointment to try on bridesmaids or event dresses, but you absolutely can if you’re looking for additional guidance on look you’re going for.  

The styling appointment was truly a refreshing run to the dressing room; I received personalized attention and tips that gave me options I never would have imagined on my own. While I chose the stunning Inesse Dress as shown above, I was especially smitten with the detailing on the Marina Dress and the Anessa Dress—how amazing would these be at a garden wedding?—and the Nevena Dress for a black-tie affair. 

I shared my favorite picks via Instagram Stories and was blown away by everyone’s helpful comments and engagement!  I received a lot of comments from you all about not wearing white or neutrals to a wedding in risk of offending the bride, and I must say I’ve always agreed with that stance.  While the dress I chose at the end of the day, pictured above, shows more white than it is, I was confident in the fact that it’s a truly floral dress.  I wasn’t worried about offending the bride, as I know her well.  I think everyone should take that into consideration when they’re selecting a dress that could be seen as similar to a wedding gown; know the bride and if she wouldn’t be comfortable with it, then don’t wear it! 

While you can see the one I decided on, I’m sharing the rest of my top picks below, along with tips for specific weddings they’d be perfect for. And I must say: the little white number was a HUGE hit with all of you, and again I must clarify that this would be best for the bride at the rehearsal dinner or even an elopement!  It was the #1 choice from everyone via IG Stories; it got the most votes but caused the most controversy. I actually almost bought this for date night; it’s just so good on other levels!

Dreaming of a donning a BHLDN dress for a wedding or event this summer? I’d love to know which styles you’re eyeing!  Truly, MKR

P.S.
Booking an appointment with a stylist is easy for whatever you’re dressing for, and it’s even possible to have all of your maids try on at the same time, too.  Simply go to the STORES pages on bhldn.com and select your location, clicking either “Bridal Appointments” or “Bridesmaid Appointments.” 

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Ginger Convertible Maxi Dress

BHLDN, $310

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For a Cocktail (of Even Black-Tie) Wedding
This super comfortable elegant jersey dress can be worn a whopping number of fifteen different ways, from strapless to halter and criss-crossed in tons of colors.  Its versatility and universally flattering fits make it a top choice for bridesmaids, too.  I especially loved the olive green for a fall or winter wedding!

Another beautiful option is HERE

Nevena Dress

BHLDN, $340

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For a Black Tie Wedding
You’ll have to see this one up close to truly appreciate the amazing level of detail; the allover beading is truly breathtaking.  This form-fitting, long-sleeve dress is sure to make a statement at any black-tie affair.  My favorite part?  It has a back slit for fuss-free dancing all night long. 

Another beautiful option is HERE (a girl can dream!). 

Inesse Dress

BHLDN, $285

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For a Beach or Destination Wedding
Another stunning option that comes in numerous colors, this Jenny Woo number was my top choice after my fitting. It’s a wonderfully flowy dress in a gorgeous watercolor print that’s classic and feminine.  The blouson top with v-back and airy chiffon material complimented my figure and felt amazing from the second I tried it on. 

Another beautiful option is HERE

Anessa Dress

BHLDN, $200

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For a Garden or Day Wedding
I especially love to wear little detailed dresses like this one for a garden or daytime affair. The allover embroidery over the silk organza material make it an elevated option that’s sure to turn heads.

Another beautiful option is HERE

Jenny Dress

BHLDN, $340

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For the Bride; an Elopement, Vegas or Fancy Courthouse Wedding
While this dress has a modest neckline, its fitted bodice, tuplic skirt and flare sleeves give it a flirty fun vibe. And yet, at the same time, this simple yet sophisticated dress is the perfect option for a courthouse wedding. A great versatile number for a slew of events! 

Another beautiful option is HERE

Photography, Haley Sheffield for Waiting on Martha | This post is in collaboration with BHLDN, a brand we love and adore.  All opinions are 100% our own. 

The Best Way To Dress For Changing Weather When Traveling

A Transitional Outfit That's Stylish & Comfortable
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The struggle is always real when you’re traveling from cold to warmer weather, am I right?!  And especially when packing space is limited in a carry-on suitcase.  But instead of letting this little scenario infringe on your vacay vibes, stick with a few key pieces that will transition you seamlessly in comfort and style. 

Those pieces, for me, always include a light coat that’s easily packable and doesn’t take up too much room. This trench is an absolute must-have when traveling, and it even has removable lining for more warmth if needed.  I also always like to travel with a hat so I don’t have to worry too much about my hair.  I prefer to wear my colder weather wool hat en-flight, while carrying my warm weather panama hat for once I land.  

Since flights are always on the chilly side, I like to cozy up with a cashmere sweater.  I’ve found the ivory color doesn’t make it feel heavy, even when I’m walking off the tarmac in 80-degrees weather.  And because I know I’ll likely ditch the sweater when I de-board I wear a white bodysuit or a tank.  

Along with a pair of ankle jeans, I always like to wear closed toe shoes when traveling, but they can’t feel too heavy or be clunky boots…that’s why I gravitate towards these stylish silver oxfords. While not sandals, I consider them a pair that can be worn all season long.  And they just so happen to be some of the most comfortable shoes I’ve bought.  

And to accessorize, because more is always more on vacation, I just picked up these fun gold bangles that are pool-ready and so fabulous. They’re made from a material that won’t ever fade in color, so you can wear them in the water, plus they are so light!  You can easily nail the arm stack, and major statement effect, without the extra added weight that a ton of bracelets tend to bring.

Lastly, the white luggage totally adds to the warm weather vibes.  Isn’t is so gorgeous?!  But don’t fret; if you’re nervous about investing in white luggage, just know that the white is easily wiped down if you do scuff it.  The cognac leather also protects all of the places that might naturally get dinged up in transit.  Oh and this white tote bag is perfect for day, night, or even the pool…so versatile for your trip!  

Don’t forget to enter our giveaway via the Rafflecopter widget below for a chance to win this Concourse Carry-on Spinner by Mark & Graham (retail value $299). Good luck!!!  Truly, MKR

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Recharge: The Best Workout Clothes That Will Get You to the Gym

Because New Workout Gear 100% Helps
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Breaking a sweat everyday can not only help you look great, it can help you truly “recharge” after an indulgent, perhaps way-too-stationery holiday season.  And as you’re motivating yourself to get to the gym, remember that there’s no denying the power of a new pair of yoga pants or a fancy new sports bra when you’re on the fence about getting up and doing it.  I’d go so far as to say there’s scientific proof that it helps you workout harder.  Surely it’s out there; I know it’s 100% true with my workout routine. 

So if you’re looking for that extra boost this month to get to sweating, check out my picks for the best workout clothes below.  And if you need some workout inspo, see these five great workouts to try (you’ll quickly become as obsessed as I am) as well as these tips on how to stay motivated in your routine.  Good luck, and I’d love to hear how you stay motivated to get active this time of year!  Cheers, Kat

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33

Nike, $99.95

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Not only do they make a heck of a fashion statement in the gym, athletic shoes are obviously key points in your movement. It’s important to replace them on time, too, because you’ll then prevent injuries.  A good rule of thumb is that you should replace your sneakers about every 3-6 months, or every 300-500 running/walking miles and 45-60 hours of basketball, tennis, aerobics, etc. 

I know I desperately need a new pair of kicks, and these Nike Air Zoom Pegasus are just the perfect ones.  They have incredible reviews on Zappos for both comfort and style, and price right under $100.  

'Cozy to the Core' Sweater Jacket

Zella, $99

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This zip-up sweater jacket is cozy, warm and perfect for getting to-and-from the gym. I suffer from post-workout chills, and having a solid jacket after my body cools down is an absolute must for me. The drawstring collar and thumbholes are a few details that are much appreciated as soon as you try it on for yourself. 

Racerback Sports Bra

ONZIE, $48

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Having a great sports bra is a no-brainer for a workout, especially for someone like me that needs the support. A strong sports bra can help prevent irreversible damage that can lead to “sagging” breast tissue.

But it’s difficult, I’m discovering, to find stylish sports bras with strappy, intriguing details that still give maximum support in the front. I’m a big fan of this brand ONZIE as well as Lorna Jane and Lululemon for producing sports bras that can take the impact. 

Side Mesh & Contrast Panel Leggings

Beyond Yoga, $110 now $73.70

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I am always on the lookout for amazing new leggings, and I’d say my favorite brand is Beyond Yoga, hands down. They’re soft, moveable, incredibly flattering and well made.  Gone is the day when we think Lululemon is the only powerhouse brand for yoga pants, my friends. 

This pair features mesh insets at the sides, and bold black contrast paneling.  The rest of the design has a stretchy space-dyed grey that is, dare I say, timeless in the gym?!

High/Low Jersey Muscle Tank

Beyond Yoga, $50

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Another good product by my favorite, Beyond Yoga, is the effortlessly cool (literally, it’s breathable) muscle tank. This muscle tank is super flattering and pretty much weightless when you’re doing a workout. I like to stick to wearing this one when I’m at a barre class due to the fit and shape.  And with other muscle tanks, I tie them in a small knot in the front when I’m doing a high-intensity workout. 

'Active' Perforated Sports Bra

Commando, $68 now $40.80

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Here’s another supportive, yet stylish sports bra that’s a must-own (especially with its recent markdown price). It’s ideal for running, cardio-focused classes like Zumba, Barre3 and high intensity interval training.

Its “fine European microfiber” brings the much-needed superior stretch, yet covetable softness that we all want in a sports bra.  And the breathable perforations and racerback detailing are more plusses in my book, too. 

High Waist Leggings

Beyond Yoga, $97

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I hope you’re not tired of my love for Beyond Yoga yet, because these are the best things on this list; the High Waist Leggings that put all of the rest of mine to shame.  They are incredibly flattering on the tush and thighs, and I literally live in them. 

From Beyond Yoga: “…exceptional slip-free coverage and comfort thanks to a high, non-binding waistband. Moisture-wicking fabric dries quickly to keep you cool and comfortable, and smooth flatlock seams reduce uncomfortable chafing.”  Done and done. 

TechLoom Pro Metallic Mesh Sneakers

Athletic Propulsion Labs, $160

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Perfect for the sneaker-freaker and chic gym-goer, these metallic mesh sneakers are great for running in style.  They feature TechLoom Pro’s signature lightweight mesh that offers ventilation and a dry fit. The second you put these puppies on, you’ll feel the comfort and stability that will inspire you to get moving, believe me. 

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